Mitsukara wrote:I like this ending, but I find myself with some questions. What manner of prison is Kaye being kept in?
Pho will indeed find Kaye beyond that door, I think... I find myself thinking about what would've happened next. They'd have all the time in the world to talk and work things out, I like to think. Also, I still wonder what Vola wound up doing in Pho's old home splay! Although I really appreciate the artistic note that we already saw the last word on her all that time ago.
There are a couple things that confuse me. Chou says: "Always a noble knight you are, rushing to save those you keep in your heart. My own waits for me in the distant past." Waits for her? Does she intend to return to... her Pho? Maybe? Hmm... maybe his body was lost in the rubble in that mine cave in?
The other thing that confuses me is the last panel in 371, where there seem to be many Phos- what does this represent?
The flash of the unicorn at the end, as Lupiko fades away... the unanswered questions... really, that was the meaning of Unicorn Jelly, I would say, and the meaning of, as I like to think, the only Unicorn Jelly (I love double entendres)- the unknowable, the questions, the nagging mystery. Real life has it, and it can be both a miserable fact and a beacon of hope against the bleakest of possibilities- the way that, while you can assume, you can never truly know until you're in the moment. Death, of course, was a thread to the story and of course centric in this unknowability, but the same questions can apply to anything and everything. Is it magic, or science, or science that looks like magic, or maybe real magic after all...?
To Save Her is a character story, not to say that Unicorn Jelly or Pastel didn't have deep and centric characters; but To Save Her sees it through at all times. The ending, while pondrous, is less concerned with big notions like "is the Unicorn real?" and building heaven and eons of time and what becomes of things- it is simply a character moment, for Mr. Pho and for Chou and for the fate of Kaye.
Now, there is one big problem for Jennifer or Stephen, and I hope I'm not being a troublesome nag to bring it up twice in a short amount of time since I mentioned it in a long winded antsy Mitsyspeak PM. The main page is hiding this ending (as in people who check in casually for updates without checking the forum aren't likely to see it)! The front page at pasteldefender.com still shows the apology! (also, you probably want to make sure that the archive page stops showing the ending after a while, so new readers don't always wind up seeing the ending first).
Additionally, there is a linking issue on the forward/back buttons still - forward from 368 goes to the main pasteldefender.com page. On the pasteldefender.com page, as afforementioned showing the apology, pushing back takes us to 368- so the back and forward buttons don't let us see the ending at all. The ending page, at the top of the archive page, goes back to 367 as it should, but that's the only working part- 367's next button goes to the 368 (by itself) page.
Volair wrote:I say all this so you will understand that what I'm about to say is not a backhanded compliment: This is the first time you've really stuck an ending RIGHT.
Ashes wrote:You made me get all misty-eyed at the end.
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